Connecticut High School Football

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Week 3 Primer and Live Scoring Updates: Less 2010 and more 2011, please

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Something’s not right here. We’re about to begin Week 3 of the 2011 Connecticut high school football season, but, I’ve gotta be honest with you, it still has that 2010 taste to it. Don’t get me wrong. 2010 was fun. Plenty exciting. But I’ve already seen that movie. We’ve already lived that day. Paraphrasing Phil […] [Read More]

The Guide to Week 3′s Games

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Here is your Guide for Week 3’s regional high school football games. FRIDAY VISITOR HOME TIME SKINNY Bassick (0-2) Wilton (2-0) 6 Get excited for your Warriors, Wilton O’Brien Tech (1-1) Capital Prep (2-0) 6:30 Honeymoon’s over, Condors Warde (1-1) New Canaan (2-0) 7 TV show ‘Traditions’ wants a happy ending Trumbull (1-0) Ludlowe (0-2) […] [Read More]

This is a public service announcement: Important tips on stat keeping

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We interrupt the entertainment portion of the high school blog for an important public service announcement: To all of you junior statisticians, team managers, assistant coaches, parents, fans and, yes, some of you pup reporters out there, there’s a good chance you’re not keeping statistics correctly. The information you are throwing out to the world […] [Read More]

Week 2: Norwalk 25, Stamford 12 (The Movie!)

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Stamford was getting a bunch of attention as the 2011 season dawned. The Black Knights went 6-4 a year ago and, with most of the key players returning, looked poised for a breakout season. But it was attention with an asterisks. For years, Stamford has had the talent but has been unable to climb into […] [Read More]

Week 2: Darien 29, Warde 19 – The Movie!

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There had been a light buzz about Fairfield Warde in the preseason. A senior team, armed with strong and veteran offensive line anchored by Mike Mooney, an emerging quarterback Chris Foley, exceptional linebacker David Wolff and a speedy tailback Devon Lofton. We took the video microscopes to Tetreau-Davis Field to check the Mustangs out against […] [Read More]
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The Elite 8: Week 2

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls… Your Elite 8 for Week 2-3. TRENDING UP NORWALK – With a nice 25-12 victory over Stamford, the Bears have supplanted the Black Knights as the FCIAC flavor-of-the-week. The defense was strong, the offense opportunistic, the Bears’ determination to put 12 years of slow starts behind them unwavering. Now […] [Read More]
Categories: Elite 8

State Polls Week 2: Masuk-Xavier poll wrestling continues

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More poll madness this week. While Masuk remained No. 1 in the traditional state media poll. Xavier leap-frogged the Panthers according to the ever-changing roster of CSWA voters. Xavier maintained the top spot in the Day Coaches’ poll. Xaver No. 2 in anything probably is the last thing Cheshire wants. If you didn’t notice last […] [Read More]

The ‘Death Panel’ has spoken: NWC’s Tyler won’t be suspended

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Short and sweet: The CIAC “Score Management” committee — henceforth referred to here as the ‘Death Panel’  — has ruled that Northwest Catholic coach Michael Tyler will not be suspended for violation the 50-point policy in a 52-0 victory over Weaver on Saturday. From the CIAC statement: After a review of reports received from both […] [Read More]

It’s ‘Traditions’ Week in New Canaan

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Week 3’s Warde at New Canaan game isn’t just a crucial FCIAC showdown between a potential upstart (though recently deflated) vs. the established, state-caliber power. It isn’t just Warde coach Duncan Della Volpe matching wits with his old colleagues at New Canaan. It’s also “Traditions” week. Traditions is a weekly feature produced by Drew Thorry‘s […] [Read More]

That’s a Wrap Week 2: Trojan horses and High-Flying Condors

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Some surprising results (Norwalk, Wilton), some not-so-surprising and one whopper: Weston 21, Brookfield 20. Oh, yes. And big congrats to the O’Brien Tech Condors for the program’s first victory. It took just two games and they might have lost their head coach to a knee injury in the ensuing celebration (he’s questionable for Week 3), […] [Read More]

Week 2: Saturday Live Update Dashboard

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Good morning. What can we tell you? Oh, yes. Football. Lots of football. Recaps, get your game stories and recaps here, plus the live update blog. Lots of games were  postponed to today (inexplicably, unless maybe you had grass. It rained, but not nearly enough to be a problem. Especially for you turf schools. C’mon […] [Read More]
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Week 2: The Friday Night Update Dashboard

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Week 2 is now in session. Let’s get you caught up on everything you need to know so you can be chalk full o’ knowledge for the games tonight. The Essentials The Guide to Week 2’s Games | The Elite 8 (and other Week 1 thoughts) | Games to Watch Features Connecticut Post: Bullard-Havens QB […] [Read More]
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Week 2’s Guide to the Games

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Welcome to Week 2. Could be a spot of rain on the way (there is actually a flood watch in effect until 8 p.m. Saturday) so check here for the latest radar. We’ll try to update these if any postponements come in. For now, game on. UPDATES 9/23: Cheshire at Hillhouse is now 3 p.m. […] [Read More]

Masuk at Oxford (The Movie!)

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Our second-to-last Week 1 video recap takes us to “The Swamp” in Oxford where then-No. 2-now-No.1 Masuk rolled over the host Wolverines. Though Masuk struck quick and early beginning with Tom Milone’s opening kickoff return TD, Oxford fought the good fight for a little while. But it was done in by a bunch of turnovers […] [Read More]

Monday Night Football recap: Central at Wilton (The Movie!)

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OK, OK. I’ve milked the Monday Night High School Football joke dry. I know it. I’m sorry, but even though it’s been a few days, I still slay myself watching (and rewatching) our MNF opening homage — so much, in fact, that I’ve dumped it onto the start of our highlight reel of Wilton’s 33-20 […] [Read More]

Staples at St. Joseph (The Movie!)

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These highlights are courtesy of a rout. We actually made the trip up to Oxford first to catch Masuk, the state’s No. 2 team (now No. 1 team), in action against the Wolverines Saturday. Since the game was at noon, and then suddenly over at 1 p.m., we hightailed it down Route 108 to Trumbull […] [Read More]

Pomperaug at Brookfield (The Movie!)

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This game was probably the most eye-opening result of Week 1, at least here in Shangri-La. Not that we thought Pomperaug would lose, but we were pretty sure of ourselves that Brookfield wouldn’t lose… at least this early. Given the small upheavals going on in Southbury — a 36-year coach retires, incumbent quarterback transfers, top […] [Read More]

Seymour at O’Brien Tech (The Movie!)

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Part two of many videos we’ll show you from last week, Seymour’s 42-14 victory over O’Brien Tech. You’ll see plenty of Seymour’s Jon Wilson, both in highlights and interviews. You’ll also see interviews with O’Brien Tech AD Dan Nemergut, coach Ken Roberts and senior Frank Corso. Plus you’ll see a pretty relieved Seymour coach Tom […] [Read More]

Weekly Links: Fairfield Prep to honor former coach Magdon

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Magdon plaque dedication Sept. 30 Fairfield Prep is honoring longtime coach Rich Magdon with a plaque that will stand among some of the greats in the school’s long football history — Earl Lavery, Fr. Eugene Brissette and Joe Brosley — in “Coaches Corner” at Alumni Field. It’s well deserved honor from our perspective. Though he […] [Read More]

Your frontrunner for play of the year: Jalon White’s TD pass to Joe Burr

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We now turn to the video recap portion of our week where we take a look back at some of the big games and big plays of Week One. We’ll start off with a play that, frankly, raises the bar impossibly high for the next 11 or 12 weeks: Jalon White‘s third-quarter, rabbit-out-of-a-hat, 16-yard touchdown […] [Read More]
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The Elite 8 and other Week 1 thoughts

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OK, now we can take a quick look back at opening week 2011 and ahead to a relatively mild Week 2. First, the Elite 8. TRENDING UP POMPERAUG — Of course we were a little wary about ranking “The Pound” high in the preseason. New coach. New quarterback. Some uncertainty. But Pomperaug proved Friday night […] [Read More]

State Poll Madness: Now Masuk is No. 1

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Don’t ask me to explain the latest shift in the three high school football polls. Frankly, I don’t know what some of you are doing out there. But despite a pretty dominant victory over Notre Dame-West Haven, Xavier has somehow fallen below Masuk in the NHR’s state poll. Now, yes, I’ve been known to change […] [Read More]
Categories: State Polls

Week 1: What did we learn?

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Week 1 is finally in the books. We’ll get to recaps — we have video of six football games to show you — the weekly Elite 8 to get to and the state polls shortly. Some of my colleagues have already started. NewsTimes of Danbury writer Kevin Duffy recaps the SWC. For you FCIAC people […] [Read More]

Are you ready? It’s Monday Night (High School) Football

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Looking for recaps of Week 1? Not yet, kids. We still have one game to go. Central vs. Wilton. Tonight! On Monday Night Football! (Hat-tip to the great Frank Gifford’s openings in the late 1980s and 1990s.) Are you ready? C’mon get ready! I mean get ready! Are you ready for some football?!?!?!? Yes, yes. […] [Read More]

Annnnd we’re off! Friday recap and Week 1 Saturday live updates

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Welcome back. It was awesome afternoon, evening and night full of thrills, chills and spills. A few great games: North Haven’s 20-19 victory over Hillhouse; Bethel’s 28-25 victory over New Milford. Several shocking results: Pomperaug’s 26-6 win over Brookfield; Weston’s 36-0 victory over Stratford. And so much more… Good times on the #ctfb live Twitter […] [Read More]

Friday Night Lights: Week 1 live updates

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Welcome to the only place (and we mean only) place to follow Southwestern Connecticut and statewide high school football. We have a full slate of games for you tonight. Big games. Little games. Out-of-the-way games. Everything. First, quick pleasantries: We have previewed the entire SWCT region, so here’s everything you need before we get to […] [Read More]

2011 High School Football Cheat Sheet: The SWC

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♦♦♦ DEFENDING CHAMPION MASUK (13-0, Class L champion) CHAMPIONSHIP DATE Thursday, Nov. 17 at Bulldog Field, Bunnell High School, Stratford. ♦♦♦ TEAM-BY-TEAM PREVIEW CAPSULES ♦♦♦ TOP 5 PLAYERS ♦♦♦ CASEY COCHRAN, QB, Masuk — Theres nothing we could say here that hasn’t been mentioned about the UConn recruit. Consummate team player threw for 3,345 yards, […] [Read More]

Thursday night kickoff: Live updates from Torrington at Ansonia (and more)

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Annnnnnd we’re off. Jon Wilson and Seymour routed O’Brien Tech 42-14 at Derby’s DeFilippo Field. Click here for the story. | Here for photos. Today we released our  Guide to this Week’s games. And the Elite 8. Tonight we have a few games on the docket as we build toward that Friday night crescendo. New […] [Read More]

Guide to the Games: Week 1

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THURSDAY VISITOR HOME TIME SKINNY New Canaan (0-0) Bassick (0-0) 6 Feels like NC always opens with Bassick Torrington (0-0) Ansonia (0-0) 6 OK, Torrington. Go ahead. Dazzle us. Sheehan (0-0) Law (0-0) 7:30 Wear track shoes, not cleats, Law. Sacred Heart (0-0) Woodland (0-0) 6 Without Coggins, Hearts broken. FRIDAY VISITOR HOME TIME SKINNY […] [Read More]

The Preseason Elite 8 for Southwestern Connecticut

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Before any more games get played, we will now unveil the Elite 8. With so many polls running around out there, these are rankings for Southwestern Connecticut. More specifically, the Hearst Connecticut Media Group’s coverage area. It encompasses the SWC, the FCIAC, the Woodland-and-lower half of the NVL, and the New Haven-and-westward side of the […] [Read More]